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Tri-County EMC Awards Grants to Educators for “Bright Ideas”

22 DCS teachers were awarded Tri-County EMC Bright Ideas grants

Congratulations 2018 Tri-County EMC Bright Ideas winners!


KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA- November 19, 2018- Twenty-two teachers from Duplin County Schools were awarded Bright Ideas grants from Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation.  Each fall educators are invited to submit proposals for funding and this year Tri-County awarded $78,089.12 to 94 teachers in Duplin, Lenoir, and Wayne counties. The teachers will use the funds to purchase items needed for special projects in their respective classrooms.

“Educators who win Bright Ideas grants are going above and beyond for their students,” said Michael Davis, General Manager of Tri-County EMC. “We’re excited to support their innovative and creative learning initiatives through the Bright Ideas program each year. Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of Tri-County EMC’s commitment to the communities we serve.”

Davis noted that since the Bright Ideas program began in 1994, Tri-County has contributed $1,541,418.78  to fund 1,693 creative projects for local classrooms.

Teachers from Duplin County Schools who were awarded grants are Chelsey Daniels, Kelly Guy, Mildred Hatcher, Tera Kennedy, Yvette Hodges (B.F. Grady Elementary School); Amy Kennedy, Gloria Dotson, Jennifer Mobley, Jennifer Thigpen, Tammie Blackburn (Beulaville Elementary School); Donna Dexter, Regina Kilpatrick, Robin Mewborn, Robyn Sutton (Kenansville Elementary School); Alexis Sutton, Allison Morales, Danielle Keel Ficken, Kimberley C. Whitted, Kristen Henley, Megan Matthews Kornegay (North Duplin Elementary School); Lynn Marshburn (North Duplin Jr/Sr High School); and Polly Justice (Warsaw Elementary School).

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2019.

To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit or the Bright Ideas website at Become a fan of “Bright Ideas Education” on Facebook to receive regularly updated news about the program.